Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday that the league was yanking the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to changes in Georgia's voting laws.
Critics of Georgia's voting laws, which was signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in late March, say it will disproportionately affect citizens of color. President Joe Biden said he supported Manfred's decision.
"I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft," Manfred said in a statement. “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.
"Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support."
In the statement, Manfred said the league was finalizing a new host city. MLB Network reported Monday that the new site of the All-Star Game could be announced by the end of this week.
The Cincinnati Reds hosted the All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in 2015, which was the club's fifth All-Star Game in franchise history (1938 and 1953 in Crosley Field, 1970 and 1988 in Riverfront Stadium).
"Major League Baseball is working on a solution that it will announce at the appropriate time," a Reds spokesman said.
It's rare for a city to host multiple All-Star Games within a 20-year span unless it's a city with multiple ballparks, so it appears unlikely that the All-Star Game will return to Cincinnati this summer.
It's possible the All-Star Game could end up in Milwaukee because the league planned to honor Hank Aaron, who died in January, during the All-Star Game festivities in Atlanta. Aaron played the first 12 seasons of his career for the Milwaukee Braves.
An expected factor in Manfred's choice for the new home of the 2021 All-Star Game is that the state isn't contemplating similar voting laws to what Georgia passed.
The 2020 All-Star Game was scheduled for Dodger Stadium before it was canceled because of the pandemic. Los Angeles will host the 2022 All-Star Game. Philadelphia will host the 2026 All-Star Game because it's the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.